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  CDT-QTE: Driven propagation of quantum order down a nuclear spin wire


   Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

   Saturday, August 31, 2024  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Supervisory Team: Prof Malcolm Levitt FRS, Dr Marina Carravetta, Prof Ilya Kuprov

Project description: This project is part of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Quantum Technology Engineering at the University of Southampton. In addition to the research project outlined below you will receive substantial training in scientific, technical, and commercial skills.

Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) is a widespread quantum technology that exploits the quantum magnetic properties of atomic nuclei to probe the dynamics and structure of matter, using strong magnetic fields. One example of an NMR technique is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which is of great clinical importance. This project explores a new concept which is called a “nuclear spin wire”. This refers to a molecular arrangement in which a set of nuclear spins are coupled to each other in an extended, roughly linear, arrangement. We will develop and demonstrate methods for driving nuclear spin order from one end of the wire to the other, using applied magnetic fields. If successful, this phenomenon will become an experimental tool with applications over a range of areas including biomolecular structure determination, chemical structure investigations, and hyperpolarised magnetic resonance imaging. The project will be a combination of theory, simulation, and experiment.

This project will develop skills and expertise in quantum theory, quantum control, supercomputing and nuclear magnetic resonance, and nuclear magnetic resonance imaging.

If you are interested, please contact the supervisor for more information: Malcolm Levitt

Entry Requirements

A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent).

Closing date: 31 August 2024. Applications will be considered in the order that they are received, the position will be considered filled when a suitable candidate has been identified.

Funding: We offer a range of funding opportunities for both UK and international students, including Bursaries and Scholarships. For more information please visit PhD Scholarships | Doctoral College | University of Southampton Funding will be awarded on a rolling basis, so apply early for the best opportunity to be considered.

How To Apply

Apply online: HERE Select programme type (Research), Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, next page select “PhD Quantum Tech Eng”. In Section 2 of the application form you should insert the name of the supervisor.

Applications should include:

Curriculum Vitae

Two reference letters

Degree Transcripts/Certificates to date

For further information please contact:


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